What Can I Do to Help Keep My Septic System Working Well?There are lots of things you can do to help keep your system healthy. Conserving water by repairing leaky faucets and toilets, installing low-flow fixtures, turning off the water when brushing your teeth or when shaving reduces the load of wastewater your system has to handle. Avoid washing all of your laundry in one day – space out water use throughout the entire week. Protect the absorption area by keeping livestock (especially horses) off the lateral field. Don’t park cars, boats or heavy equipment on the leach fields so the ground doesn’t get compacted. Divert downspouts or other drainage away from soil absorption areas. And avoid flushing things like sanitary products, paper towels, disposable diapers, cigarette butts – even tissues. Toilet paper should be the only added material a toilet should flush.
Why should I pump my grease trap?Grease & food waste will build up in trap if not pumped and will make its’ way into the sewer line. Thus clogging up the sewer line and polluting the sewer system. Also to avoid smells and bugs.
Why should I pump my septic tank?If tank is not pumped the solids in the tank will build up and start to make their way to the drainage system resulting a clogged drainage system.
Can I Use a Garbage Disposal?Septic systems were not intended for the disposal of food wastes, coffee grounds, grease or fat and in fact, these will harm the operation of the septic tank. However, if you cannot live without this modern convenience, just plan to have your tank pumped more frequently.
How often should a food establishment pump their grease trap?Every month
What are the signs that a septic systems is failing?
- Frequent backups,Water is bubbling out of the ground
- Saturated ground near the septic field
- Lush green vegetation on or near the septic field
- The levels in the tank are high or are overflowing
How often should we pump our septic tank?
The answer depends on many factors:
- The size system you have
- The number of people are using your system
- The amount of water you use
- The number and length of laterals you have
- A qualified inspector can answer some of these questions to help you know for sure, but as a rule of thumb, we’d suggest the following:
- Three people or fewer in house every two years
- Four people or more in house every year